I read a lot of books and articles about transforming your retirement, and to me so many of them seem bass ackward. The biggest area of concern is always whether you will have enough money to do what you want in retirement, so there’s lots of information about how to save, invest, and build your wealth. Which is not a bad idea!
And then there are the folks who urge you to take classes, develop your neuroplasticity, volunteer or get a job, get more social. All really good ideas for enjoying retirement . . .
However, so much of this advice leaves out your HEALTH! and your FITNESS! What good is having money or knowing a foreign language if you can barely walk or if you are in constant pain? I think the underlying belief here is that those things are out of your control, that they just happen to you because you get old, and all you can do about them is get replacement parts and drugs.
I know this isn’t true. There is so much you can do to grab hold of that health and fitness so that you live into your eighties and nineties healthy and active.
(And I’m not beating up on replacement parts and drugs. One of my favorite clients just got a hip replacement and is walking witout pain for the first time in years. And my husband just celebrated his 18th year with a heart transplant, which is not possible without a tackle box full of medicine.)
It’s just that my personal soapbox is exercise. 150 to 300 minutes of aerobic exercise every week. Two days of strength training. Plus stretching. If it seems like a lot, and it is, you can do it a step at a time.
Read Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, or enroll in one of my regular Younger Next Year book groups, where we’ll explore the science of exercise and get some inspiration on how to make it part of your life.